14 September 2021

New Landscaping

 

This space used to have two trees: an ornamental Bradford Pear that was dying and an Austrian Pine that was so close to the house that in the last snow storm some of the branches were so weighted down with snow that they were on our chimney (not safe). Both trees had to be removed. 

And then the weeds came in. Last year was so smokey and hot and with the repaving of our road, we decided not to do anything with it. This year was the  year to do it!

It is really a simple plan with just the Colorado pink rock and the grass. A sprinkler system was installed so it will be easily watered. I've never had a sprinkler system before and it is really nice!

Next spring a new tree will be planted that will be place better than the other two.

21 August 2021

July and August 2021

July was hot but nice for about 2 weeks. Then the smoke arrived from all the forest fires from the western states. The western slope of Colorado also contributed. Combine that to another infestation of grasshoppers and I just stayed inside. 

I put a new zipper in a pair of leather pants for a friend. That was an interesting job. I was able to use my treadle sewing machine to sew one side of the zipper but the other side I had to stitch by hand since it couldn't go through to the outside of the pants. My biker customer was very happy with the result.

August is also hot and smokey so I have been, again, staying inside. Other that an occasional trip outside to the garden to pick vegies, I only go to the grocery store. And I go fully masked. Because.

My DIL had two older chairs that were really rough but had good bones. She bought all the supplies and I recovered them for her. It was interesting because the seat cushion and the back cushion were essentially feather pillows. These chairs are really comfortable. I don't know if I'll recover anything else, though. What a process!

 

I've started cleaning out years of accumulation. Here's one thing:

This is a formal muumuu that my daddy gave to me in the 1960s. The front has princess seams and inside are ties at the waist to tie at the lower back. That cinches up the waistline and the back of the muumuu forms a slight train. I love the fabric and I think that is why I've kept this for so long. I went back into the closet.

This time of year brings out the cook in me. So far this week I've made krautburgers/Runzas/cabbageburgers (they are know by different names), cinnamon rolls and a wilted cucumber salad.

No picture of the cinnamon rolls as they disappeared!



03 June 2021

June 2021

Well, I finally got the garden planted. It is late this year but with all the rain that we've had it is no wonder! Now I'm waiting for the stump grinder guys to come and grind out some gigantic roots. It makes it hard to rototill when there is a 6" root just under the surface of the ground. 

And then BAM! It got hot. As in 85 to 90 degree hot. Ugh. The house AC got turned on for the very first time. Not just this year but ever because the furnace/AC was replaced last fall. This new one works SO MUCH better. June 15 it was 101°; now THAT is hot.

I discovered that I had enough Laurel Burch fabric to make 4 different quilts. As luck would have it, I have one grand-daughter and 3 nieces. I think I have Christmas presents!


31 May 2021

April & May 2021

It has been raining almost every 3rd day for two months. The weeds around this place are prize winners! I wish I could say that there has been gardening done, but I can't. The soil is just too wet to work. 

On the other hand, a lot of other things have been accomplished.

In April of 2020, I had planned to go to Iowa to award my brother a Quilt of Valor. That didn't happen because of COVID. I had saved all my naval fabrics to make this quilt for him and award it to him. We had it planned that his buddies would come and I'd do the presentation and then we had to cancel.

Well, last month I drove from Colorado to Iowa and awarded it. We couldn't believe that everyone kept it a secret for a whole year! It was just family at the ceremony but there wasn't a dry eye in the house. He is now calling us all sneaky. Once home, I registered it at the Quilt of Valor Foundation site.

There is now a wall of grandkid photos at my house. It is, of course, in a 9-patch grid pattern. LOL.

The old Sleep Number bed it hitting the trash. I bought a new mattress and box springs. That Sleep Number bed is horrible for my arthritic hip and The Husband's back. Anything is better than that old thing.

Since I signed up for my guild's day retreat this month and wanted something easy to sew, I've been cutting quilt kits for myself. There are now five Quick Strippie Quilts cut from kid-friendly fabric to take for mindless sewing. I also realized that there was enough Laurel Burch fabrics in the stash for four (count 'em) quilts. Hmmm... I have 3 nieces and one grand-daughter. I think I just came up with some Christmas gifts. Now to do something for the 2 boys.

Sure I hope I can keep up this blog a little better. Talk to you soon.


31 March 2021

It's March!

Hello friends.

Wow did we have an exciting month! We hardly get any snow and then kablamo! it all comes in one storm. 

We got 29.6" of snow in one weekend! It isn't the first time something like this has happened, but it has been a long time. Last one was in 2013.

I finished several 3 yard baby/child quilts this month. Want to see?



I just noticed that the first 2 photos were taken before the quilts were quilted. I'll have to update them since I still have the quilts. The 3rd quilt with the whales has already been gifted and mom-to-be was happy.

My latest quilt is hanging on the display wall in my living room. This was a kit and the pattern is call Mykonos Marble. It does remind one of a tile floor in Greece, doesn't it?

 
 
This is the quilting diagram I drew up for the center of the quilt. Then I quilted a series of borders. I broke the outer border into 3 smaller ones so there are 6 borders in total.


And now I'm in quarantine until I can get a COVID-19 test. I was exposed on Saturday, March 27 and it is recommended to wait 7 days to get tested. Even though I've gotten both vaccines I want to know that I'm clear. I'll keep you in the know.

Stay safe, my friends.


28 February 2021

So It's The End of February


For all it's a short month, it will be an expensive one. Last summer we found that our AC unit was rusting from the inside. We were told it had about 5 more seasons so we figured we could replace it at our leisure. Well, last week we realized that our 2 stage furnace wasn't kicking into the second stage. Out comes the repairman who gives us a new thermostat thinking that was the problem. It wasn't. He comes out again and says that the repair/replace of the bad board will be $1100. The furnace is 20 years old. The Husband and I decided to replace the furnace and AC. Can we say $9000? Yep. That hurts. I asked if they can throw in an installed whole hose humidifier too. We got the whole thing installed a day before the sub-zero weather hit us. It was excellent timing!

I've been making more donation quilts. I use up pieces and bits of batting for these. When I use a whole batting in a quilt I save the plastic bag. Then when I trim the quilt, I put the trimmed pieces in the bag. When there are enough there I make frankenbatts. For the most part I use an 80/20 batting but I will occasionally use 100% cotton or wool. That is why I save the bag: I can tell at a glance what batting the pieces are from. This batch of quilts has a frankenbatt, two polyester battings (ugh, not a fan) and one has two layers of washed flannel sheets.

For hand work I've been knitting a border onto the blanket made from leftover sock yarn. It's tedious because the black yarn and my eyesight are not a good combo. I have been staying quite warm under this as I knit. It is lightweight because of the sock yarn, but it is also warm because the sock yarn has a lot of wool in it. When the furnace was down, this was the perfect thing to work on.

08 January 2021

Grandson's New Quilt

 My oldest Grandson is getting a new quilt on his next birthday. He will be 3 and needs a big boy quilt rather than the baby quilt he got when he was born. He loves dinosaurs and what young lad doesn't? I found this wonderful digitally printed panel of blocks. I cut them out and bordered the blocks log cabin-style. It's quilted with a free motion ferny type design.